IRRESISTIBLE!! THE PRIESTS SINGING PIE JESU


I found this over at Purcell's Chicken Voluntary and could not resist posting it. It is so rare to find something so beautiful that truly gives glory to God. It makes me wonder how so many can resist the beauty of God and His Church.
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CONVERT MAGDI ALLAM FORMS EUROPEAN POLITICAL PARTY TO DEFEND CHRISTIAN VALUES

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Egyptian-born journalist, Magdi Allam, who was baptised by Pope Benedict XVI after renouncing Islam, said Sunday that he has formed a political party that would enter candidates in next year's EU elections.

From
Yahoonews: "Magdi Cristiano Allam said his "Protagonists for Christian Europe" party would work to defend Europe's Christian values, which he sees threatened by secularism and moral relativism. He said his new party would be open to people of all faiths and would be close to the conservative European People's Party.

"Allam, who took the name Cristiano upon converting, has credited Benedict with being instrumental in his decision to become a Catholic and has said the pope had baptized him to support freedom of religion."

"The 56-year-old Allam has lived most of his adult life in Italy, becoming a citizen in 1986. In recent years he was given a police escort after receiving death threats from radical Islamic groups. While working to encourage tolerance between cultures he has also grown increasingly critical of his former faith.

"He said in leading daily Corriere della Sera, where he has worked as deputy editor, that the "root of evil is inherent in an Islam that is physiologically violent and historically conflictual."
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DEO GRATIAS: A NEW FSSP PRIEST


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Deacon Anthony Sumich was ordained an FSSP priest in New Zealand on Friday. If you are not yet familiar with the FSSP--(Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter) you should seek them out. They are holy, counter-cultural men who represent the future of the Catholic Church. They are dedicated to spreading the latin mass and say it exclusively. I attend mass at an FSSP parish and our priest is one of the holiest priests I have ever met next to the late Fr John Hardon, S.J. and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
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Roger, a reader in New Zealand, photographed the ordination of Deacon Anthony Sumich and graciously forwarded some wonderful photographs of the event. Among those photographed are the Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr John Berg, newly ordained priest, Fr Romanoski, and Fr John Rizzo.

As Roger stated -
"It's great to see traditional catholicism come back to NZ in such a magnificent style".
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AN AUTHENTICALLY CATHOLIC CHRISTMAS GIFT

The following is a message from the Author of Old Dingledorf Square, James Bixby:

"What influences the way Catholic children and adults think and feel about their faith has more to do with the entertainment they choose than anything else. Bad books and bad movies so quickly destroy the Catholic faith in youth, drive one’s children away from you and eventually destroy their souls.

"Old Dingledorf Square" is a collection of three Catholic Christmas stories in verse that teach adults and children to love their Catholic faith, appreciate and emulate the virtuous life, and learn detachment
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VISIT THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC

Please visit a new website entitled The American Catholic. The site is the brainchild of Tito Edwards (Custos Fidei). He has assembled twelve bright, engaging, thoughtful, and faithful Catholics to blog on American politics from a Catholic perspective. God knows the world needs this kind of thing especially in view of the growing popularity of Barak Obama. May God Bless them and permit them to make an impact on the culture.
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A RESURGENCE OF LATIN AND CLASSICAL EDUCATION

While all evidence seems to point to the breakdown of civilization one can nevertheless find a resurgence of faith and authentic culture in the most unlikely places.

Here is a
New York Times article on the resurgence of Latin which is described as the "language of scholars and educated people"--and I might add the devout. My own father was a latin teacher in a very wealthy public school school system. Parents who wanted their children to become doctors and lawyers demanded the latin language as preparation for higher education. Most in my homeschooling community are also teaching their children latin because it is and always will be the language of the Church.

Speaking of homeschooling
here is another interesting renaissance concept in education called the Chesterton Academy which is headed by Dale Ahlquist.
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A CULTURAL RETURN TO FEMININITY AND DOMESTICITY

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The cupcake has become a symbol of rebellion against feminism, materialism and androgyny. Slowly women are finding traditional roles and true femininity more and more attractive. In this day and age it has become an act of rebellion to be domestic, wear dresses and skirts and even bake cupcakes.

Excerpts from the
guardian: "A new breed of young women is embracing the image of the 1950s housewife, celebrating baking, afternoon tea and knitting.

For Nikki Shail, the aesthetic of the 1950s housewife has always been attractive. "My mother was not remotely like that, so for me it's a glamorous, romantic thing," she says. "I love the way it's very feminine and I find a strength in that femininity." The events marketing manager from Kingston, Surrey, devotes her spare time to dressing up as her alter ego, Cherry Bakewell, a 50s goddess who whisks up batches of fairy cakes for the good of humanity.

Together with friend Lorraine Williams, aka Fondant Fancy, Shail hosts the Great Cake Escape - part-hobby,
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A MOVING LETTER FROM A PREGNANT NUN WHO WAS RAPED

Here is an extraordinary letter written by a young nun, Sister Lucy Vertrusc, to her mother superior. Sister Vertrusc became pregnant after she was raped in 1995 during the war in the former Yugoslavia. The letter appeared in an Italian newspaper at the behest of her Mother Superior.

"I am Lucy, one of the young nuns raped by the Serbian soldiers. I am writing to you, Mother, after what happened to my sisters Tatiana, Sandria, and me.

Allow me not to go into the details of the act. There are some experiences in life so atrocious that you cannot tell them to anyone but God, in whose service I had consecrated my life nearly a year ago.

My drama is not so much the humiliation that I suffered as a woman, not the incurable offense committed against my vocation as a religious, but the difficulty of having to incorporate into my faith an event that certainly forms part of the mysterious will of Him whom I have always considered my Divine Spouse.

Only a few days before, I had read "Dialogues of Carmelites" and spontaneously I asked our Lord to grant me the
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NO-TO-POPE GROUP TO MARCH AGAINST "HOMOPHOBIC" AND "ANTIQUATED IDEAS"

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There seems to be a lot of "NO-TO-POPE" folks in the news this week--but this particular group feigns no unity whatsoever, and has made it their mission to get 15,000 people to participate in a protest march against the pontiff's 'homophobic and antiquated ideas' during World Youth Day in Sydney. But let's praise God that the Pope and the Church are detested on all sides because--"Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!

From
couriermail: "As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to visit Sydney to address pilgrims at Sydney's Randwick Racecourse on July 19 - a key event of World Youth Day - protesters are planning a separate protest march.

They will also distribute condoms to Catholic youths."

"We think the Catholic youth will be very interested in what we have to say."

"Ms Evans said the protest would be peaceful and no one would be forced to take the condoms.

"It will be a very fun event with a lot of performances," she said."

Performances?
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WHY MUSLIMS SHOULD FEAR POPE BENEDICT XVI

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**Please note: Earlier today I inadvertently published something that was still in edit mode --I apologize for this error.

For all that lament the de-christianization of the West and Islamization of Europe,
Spengler of the Asia Times foresees a resurgence in Christianity that could threaten the predicted proliferation of islam throughout Europe.

Excerpts from Asia Times: "Benedict XVI may preach against violence, but in his own fashion he takes a tougher stance than the American president. That surely is not the way it looks at first glance. Bush invaded an Arab country, while Benedict preaches reason to the Muslim world, receiving in the past few months Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah as well as delegations from Iran. He has agreed to a meeting with a group of 138 Muslim scholars at the Vatican in November. Why should Muslims fear Benedict?

"For the first time, perhaps, since the time of Mohammed, large parts of the Islamic world are vulnerable to Christian efforts to convert them, for
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ENGLAND AND WALES: THE LATIN MASS IN EVERY PARISH

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Cardinal Castrillion Hoyos, the senior Vatican cardinal in charge of liturgy, said at a press conference in London today that the Latin Mass will not only return to England and Wales, but will be re-introduced into every single parish in order to educate Catholics in the treasure of the "Gregorian Rite" Latin Mass. Such an act by the Church would go farther to restore western civilization than any legislation or act of parliament ever could.

Excerpts from
Telegraph: "Asked whether the Latin Mass would be celebrated in many ordinary parishes in future, Cardinal Castrillon said: “Not many parishes – all parishes. The Holy Father is offering this not only for the few groups who demand it, but so that everybody knows this way of celebrating the Eucharist.”

"The Cardinal, who heads the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, made his comments as he was preparing to celebrate a traditional Latin Mass at Westminster Cathedral yesterday, the first time a cardinal has done so there for 40 years.

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A EUROPEAN PRINCESS RETURNS TO HER CATHOLIC ROOTS AND SPREADS THE JOY

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Princess Alessandra Borghese, a 44-year-old descendant of Italian noble families which are famous for popes, cardinals and possibly even Saint Catherine of Sienna returned to her Catholic heritage in 1999 and has since become a best-selling Catholic author in Italy and throughout "Catholic Europe".

Excerpts from telegraph: "In the 1990s, she was one of those European aristocrats whose names we came to know only because they were forever appearing in glossy magazines, attending all the right grand weddings and openings. She even published an A-to-Z guide to good manners with her great friend, the German Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, better known in the society pages as the 'punk princess' or 'Princess TNT'.

Alessandra Borghese was one of the heirs to the San Pellegrino water fortune. She founded her own cultural centre in Rome, and then married Greek shipping tycoon, Constantine Niarcose who later died of a cocaine overdose.

It was Princess "TNT" Gloria von Thurn who encouraged Borghese's return to the faith after her own conversion.

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IRISH CATHOLICS MUST VOTE NO ON LISBON TREATY

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Let's all do our part in getting the Irish to vote down the Treaty of Lisbon. I received this publication via email from Modesto Fernandez. Spread the Word.

From
Irish Society For a Christian Civilization: "Can I approve of the Treaty of Lisbon?

The violation of non-negotiable principles raises a grave question of conscience for
Irish Catholics in the face of this referendum.

A spectre is haunting Europe—it threatens you, the Christian future of your family, of Ireland, and of the Continent. It is a European Union without God and without moral principles.

The Treaty of Lisbon seeks to reform, for you and for all Irish Catholics, the fundamental values which govern the functioning of the European Union. These new values are in stark contrast to the non-negotiable principles given by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Pope insists that, in the construction of Europe, there are three areas in which the Church defends “non-negotiable principles”:

* “the protection of life at
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ONCE A CAPITAL CRIME TO SAY MASS --SCOTLAND HAS BECOME A CATHOLIC NATION

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" Rev 6:10

Scotland has become more Roman Catholic than Protestant. Scotland's Roman Catholic congregations now outnumber the Church of Scotland for the first time since records began. This in a Nation that once hunted down priests for the crime of saying the Mass. Although it is certain that God will one day avenge the blood of the martyrs, it is nevertheless nice to see temporal justice.

From Scotland on Sunday: "Figures compiled by the independent group Christian Research reveal that in 2005 the number of Catholics who went to Mass surpassed those who attended Church of Scotland services."

"The change is due to the huge numbers of Catholic Polish immigrants who are boosting church attendance, raising numbers by some 50,000 people since the last time figures were published in 2002."

This calls to mind a wonderful outspoken Scottish martyr of the Reformation, John Ogilvie, who made it his mission to restore the Catholic Faith to Scotland.

He was born into a respected Calvinist family in Keith, Banffshire c. 1579. He was exposed to the religious controversies of his day and became impressed with the faith of the martyrs. He decided to become a Catholic
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HELP A MAN PAY OFF HIS COLLEGE DEBT AND BECOME A PRIEST

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A reader of this blog has contacted me about his desire to become a priest with the Order of Basilian Salvatorian Fathers in Massachusetts - a semi-contemplative Melkite Byzantine order. The Melkite Rite is Catholic and under Pope Benedict XVI--it is one of the several Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church whose Divine Liturgy is Byzantine.

Unfortunately he has incurred $72,000 in school debt while attending the Franciscan University Of Steubenville over the last four years. This debt must be paid off before he can enter the Order. To further this purpose he has put together a
website and has recorded an album of Catholic music.

Won't you please help a man become a priest. He can be reached at: neven7@hotmail.com


He has provided me with his conversion story and his journey to becoming a priest. Here it is :

Singing Towards Seminary

I’m a son of Croatian Immigrants who first emigrated to Italy and subsequently to America
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POPE TO BAPTIZE PROMINENT EX-MUSLIM MAGDI ALLAM AT EASTER VIGIL

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This is truly a cause for celebration and it is fitting that it occur on the day of our Lord's resurrection. Italy's most prominent Muslim is to be baptized by Pope Benedict at the Easter Vigil.

As previously reported
here Magdi Allam was a non-practicing Muslim who has become a staunch opponent of the Islamization of Europe. He is an Egyptian born columnist and vice-director of Corriere della Sera, Italy’s leading daily newspaper. He has become Italy’s most prominent critic of Islam and his views have become highly regarded in more conservative Catholic circles.

Allam's mother sent him to a Catholic boarding school in Egypt, where he began studying Western culture and civilization. He later immigated to Italy.

He has supported a ban against building new mosques in Italy and has sought to expose underground relationships between Italian mosques and international terrorist groups. His writings and opinions have led to numerous death threats and have necessitated him to be under constant guard.

Allam on the Islamization of Europe: "Europe is already a bastion of Islamic extremism. Just look at the attack on Mike's Place in Tel Aviv, which was carried out by British suicide bombers drafted by Hamas; the massacre by Islamists in Madrid and in London; the slitting of director Theo Van Gogh's throat in Amsterdam; and the dozens of Islamic terror attacks that were prevented in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Holland."

"This bastion exists thanks to a widespread network of mosques, Koran schools, financial bodies and charitable institutions linked to the Muslim Brotherhood; Moroccan, Tunisian and Algerian
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THE LAUNCH OF A UNITED EUROPEAN PATRIOTIC PARTY BASED ON CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS TO FIGHT ISLAMIZATION


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Some good news from the Eurabian front-- a few exceptionally astute politicians have identified the need to unify in order to defend their respective nations, to reclaim their Christian identity and to resist all that seeks the destruction of Western Civilization. Now if only the secular media would refrain from identifying all those who hold such ideas as "far right-wing". With God's mercy may the defenders of Europe prevail over those who seek its destruction.

EXCERPTS FROM
DEUTSCHE WELLE: "Leaders of right-wing nationalist parties from four EU member states have announced plans to create a European "patriotic" party that would protect the continent against immigration, "Islamization" and globalization.

"The heads of Austria's Freedom Party, France's Nationalist Front, the Bulgarian Attaca party and Belgium's Vlaams Belang on Friday, Jan. 25, told journalists in Vienna that they had agreed to set up a new party in order to defend Europe from numerous challenges that it faces today.

"We say: patriots of all the countries of Europe, unite," Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache said at the news conference, also attended by French right-winger Jean-Marie le Pen, among others. "Because only together will we solve our problems."

"Warning about the dangers that immigration and "Islamization" pose for Europe, the
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YOUTHS REJECT RELATIVISM FOR TRUTH AND CATHOLIC DOGMA

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Where sin abounds grace does more abound. Romans 5:20.

While the world grapples with the depths of sin and darkness, God is pouring His grace upon the earth to restore and transform His Church. It is the only thing that is capable of transforming the world from a death seeking suicidal culture to one that reveres light, life and truth. The last 50 years have seen the Bride of Christ beaten down by scandals, divisions, and disobedience-- leaving her often-times beyond recognition. But the tide
has turned. The truth in all its splendor is irresistable in dark days. And the truth contained in the Latin Mass will be a beacon in the world where nothing remains sacred and everything is empty and mundane.

ZENIT recently conducted an interview with David Hartline, author of "The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism".

"Instead of turning away from the faith and embracing the relativism of society, more and more youths are actually embracing the teachings of the Church, says Catholic author David Hartline."

"Many have asked me since the release of my book earlier this year if this tide of good news will continue or if it just a temporary cause for joy.

"The answer is that this tide continues to gather strength. Good news is abounding in the Church."

"When the young gravitated toward Pope John Paul II," said Hartline, "many skeptics said this was only temporary. When Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Pontiff, many said the young would leave.

"However, just
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QUEBEC --LONGING FOR ITS CATHOLIC ROOTS?


Take time to watch this music video--pay close attention to the lyrics. The song was voted song of the year by the Quebec public.

From globeandmail.com: "The song – whose title is a play on words that evokes both history and decline – was originally rejected by radio stations when it was released in 2004. Programmers thought its preachy tone praising great-great-grandfathers for clearing the land, and dissing their descendants for selling it off to become civil servants, would not fly with listeners. They thought the song's glorification of great-great-grandmothers with 14 kids, and its contempt for young women who today cover up their “stupidities” by getting an abortion, was definitely not Top 40 material.

"Its lyrics sparked living-room discussions and newspaper
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CHURCH OF IRELAND PARISHES SEEK TO BECOME ROMAN CATHOLIC

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"A federation of Christians is inconceivable in which each member retains his own opinions and private judgment in matters of faith.
Pope Pius XI.


From Independent Catholic News via Michael Kelly, Deputy Editor The Irish Catholic: "Three Church of Ireland parishes have asked to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church The Irish Catholic newspaper reports this week.

The parishes, in counties Down, Tyrone and Laois are members of the 'traditional rite' within the Church of Ireland.

The Irish Catholic newspaper, has learnt that the members of these parishes, along with traditional Anglicans from twelve other countries, have signed a letter to the Vatican seeking "full, corporate, sacramental union" with the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The dramatic move would see the entire parish communities received in to the Catholic Church.

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A MUSLIM WHO STANDS AGAINST EURABIA AND THE ISLAMIC CULTURE OF DEATH

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Magdi Allam is a muslim, but no ordinary Muslim--he is a staunch opponent of the Islamization of Europe. He is an Egyptian born columnist and vice-director of Corriere della Sera, Italy’s leading daily newspaper. He has become Italy’s most prominent critic of Islam and his views have become highly regarded in more conservative Catholic circles.

Allam's mother sent him to a Catholic boarding school in Egypt, where he began studying Western culture and civilization. He later immigated to Italy.

He has supported a ban against building new mosques in Italy and has sought to expose underground relationships between Italian mosques and international terrorist groups. His writings and opinions have led to numerous death threats and have necessitated him to be under constant guard.

But as recently as 2002 Allam was espousing a more liberal mindset that Islam is compatible with democracy and pluralism. But in recent years Allam has had a change of mind and heart that is reflected in his latest book entitled,
"Long Live Israel - From the Ideology of Death to the Civilization of Life: My Story", in it Allam argues that Israel represents a culture of life, while Islam’s represents a culture of death.

In a recent interview with an Israeli news agency, Allam was asked about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. His response:
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FRENCH PRESIDENT SARKOZY BACKS RELIGION IN SCHOOLS AND CALLS FOR A "RENAISSANCE"

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From Lifesite: In a letter written by Sarkozy and publicized yesterday, he addressed the teachers of France, calling on them to take part in a "renaissance" and to reflect on the huge responsibility placed in their hands - the responsibility to "guide and to protect the spirit and the sensibilities that are not yet completely formed, that have not yet attained maturity, which are searching, which are still fragile and vulnerable." 


Sarkozy explained that such a national rebirth would only be possible through a reform of the French education system.  Sarkozy clarified that such a reform must include "rewarding the good, punishing the faults, cultivating an admiration of that which is good, just, beautiful, great, true and profound and [cultivating] a detestation of that which is bad, unjust, ugly, insignificant, untrue, superficial and mediocre.  That is how a teacher renders his service to a child in his care."

In his letter, Sarkozy bucked the secularist establishment
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TROUBLED TIMES

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"Times of tribulation often teach us more true and profound lessons than times of ease, as pain is often a more effective master than facile success. With terror will come understanding, and we hope to God that the whole human race, as well as each individual nation, will emerge more experienced and more mature from the painful and bloody school of today; that it will be able with clear eyes to distinguish truth from deceptive appearances; that it will open its ears and attend to the voice of reason, pleasing or not, and will close them to the hollow rhetoric of error; that all men will acknowledge reality and take seriously the practice of right and justice, not only when calling for their own demands to be met but also when considering the rightful claims of others." Pope Pius XII, 1940 amidst World War II
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THE NETHERLANDS--THE FUTURE HOME OF "JUDEO-CHRISTIAN-ISLAMIC TRADITION"

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Most Dutch adults reject a recent statement by their "integration minister", Ella Vogelaar, who said she expects the Netherlands to eventually adopt some of the traditions of Islam.

"On Jul. 16, Vogeelar said that the Netherlands should in the future be home to a "Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition." The following day, the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands (RMMN) released a statement, saying the minister’s comments showed a 'great deal of courage.'"
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FOURTH CHILD BECOMES A STATUS SYMBOL

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Lest you think that you are a cultural dinosaur for having, or desiring to have more than three children --take heart --you are now in vogue. But did you realize that your childen are now status symbols?

"Forget the yacht or the holiday home in Tuscany, the latest must-have “status symbol” to measure power and success in Wales could now be a fourth child.

Some of the richest and most powerful people on the planet – the Blairs, the Gores, the Jaggers, and the Pitt-Jolies – have four children.

And social commentators say these “alpha” mums and dads have fuelled a vogue, sending a “virility/fertility” message out to the world as they strive to fill up every available seat of their people carriers.

Of course there are those who believe that anyone who would have more than the average 2.4 children are either "rich or mad".

Delyth Purchase, 37, lives in Port Talbot with her husband, Matthew, who works for the military services, and their two daughters, Seren, five and Taryn, two.

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DUTCH REJECT DEBAUCHERY AND "ANYTHING GOES" CULTURE

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It seems nihilism and hedonism are not all they are cracked up to be. They not only take an ugly toll on the human soul but also on a society.

"People in high political circles are saying it can't be good to have a society so liberal that everything is allowed," said Kranendonk, editor of Reformist Daily and an increasingly influential voice that resonates in the shifting mainstream of Dutch public opinion.

"People are saying we should have values; people are asking for more and more rules in society."

In cities across the Netherlands, mayors and town councils are closing down shops where marijuana is sold, rolled, and smoked. Municipalities are shuttering the brothels where prostitutes have been allowed to ply their trade legally. Parliament is considering a ban on the sale of hallucinogenic "magic mushrooms."

Orthodox Christian members of Parliament have introduced a bill that would allow civil officials with moral objections to refuse to perform gay marriages. And Dutch authorities are trying to curtail the activities of an abortion-rights group that assists women in neighboring countries where abortions are illegal.

The effort to rein in the famed social liberties of the Netherlands is not limited to the small, newly empowered
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